Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat

Nanga Parbat:

Nanga Parbat (literally, Naked Mountain Urdu: ننگا پربت [nəŋɡaː pərbət̪]) is the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8,126 metres (26,660 ft) above sea level. It is the western anchor of the Himalayas around which the Indus river skirts into the plains ofPakistan. It is located in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of the Pakistan and is locally known as ‘Deo Mir’ (‘mir’ meaning ‘mountain’).

Nanga Parbat is one of the eight-thousanders, with a summit elevation of 8,126 metres (26,660 ft). An immense, dramatic peak rising far above its surrounding terrain, Nanga Parbat is also a notoriously difficult climb. Numerous mountaineering deaths in the mid and early 20th century lent it the nickname “killer mountain”. Along with K2, it has never been climbed in winter.

Location

Nanga Parbat forms the western anchor of the Himalayan Range and is the westernmost eight-thousander. It lies just south of the Indus River in the Diamer District of Gilgit–Baltistan in Pakistan. Not far to the north is the western end of the Karakoramrange.

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Karambar Lake

Karambar Lake

Karambar Lake (also known as Qurumbar Lake) is a high altitude lake located in Ishkomen, a Tehsil of District Ghizer in Gilgit–Baltistan, near the boundary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan. It is the 31st highest lake in the world and 2nd highest in Pakistan at a height of 14,121 feet (4,304 m) and one of the highest biologically active lakes on earth.

The lake is also known as Qurumbar lake in some references and alternately is spelled as Karomber or Karamber.

The lake is located in Ishkoman Valley, a tehsil of Ghizer District in Gilgit–Baltistan.[1][2] While some other studies by WWF mention the location in Broghil Valley of Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. The lake is located at a distance of 205 km from Gilgit. Some maps clearly show that the entire span of lake is situated within the borders of Gilgit–Baltistan. In addition to that, the flow of Karambar waters itself dims the confusion about lake’s location as lake flows down towards Ishkoman.

The approximate length of the lake is 3.9 kilometers (2.4 mi), width is 2 km and, average depth is 52 meters (171 ft) .

Karambar Lake is the deepest lake in the valley with a maximum and mean depth of 55m and 17.08m respectively and is spread over a surface area of 263.44 hectares (2,634,400 m2) and discharges into Karambar valley of Gilgit Baltistan.Water clarity level is 13.75 (Secchi Disc Reading), which is highest value ever recorded in the literature of lakes in Pakistan.

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Khalti Lake

khalti lake

Khalti Lake is located in Gupis, District Ghizer, Tehsil Punial. Its is 20-30 minutes drive from Gupis. Gupis Valley is located about 112 kilometers (70 miles) in west of Gilgit on the bank of River Gilgit, in District Ghizer of Gilgit-Baltistan region, Pakistan. The 35 kilometers (22 miles) road between Gahkuch (capital of District Ghizer) and Gupis Valley is full of beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views. The turquoise water of river flowing along the road and surrounding fields and forests presents are very charming for tourists.

Khalti Lake is famous for being habitat of trout fish. The lake is formed due to stretch of river near the village of Khalti. The dark blue waters of lake during summer look very charming. The lake usually freezes during winter and villagers of Khalti use to walk on this. There is beautiful restaurant near the Khalti Lake. A PTDC motel is situated nearby to facilitate tourists. Its nice place stay for a overnight in the PTDC. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the lake from the PTDC Motel.

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Darkot pass

darkut pass

Darkot pass (el. 15,430 ft., open May through October) is a high mountain pass that connects Baroghil Valley in Chitral and Rawat valley of Ghizer District in Gilgit, Pakistan. It is also known as “Darkut”.

The pass is about 10 miles to the east of Koyo Zom (Zum) (6872m), the highest peak in Ghizer district. The border between Chitral and Northern Areas runs through the pass over Darkot Glacier. Eight miles to the south is Darkot village on the River Darkot, a small tributary of Ghizar River). To the northeast of Darkot pass is Chitral. Ten miles to the northwest of the pass is Chilmarabad, a village one mile south of the Boroghil pass.

Darkut is a very beautiful village of Yasin Valley, in Ghizar district. It is the last village of Yasin Valley, moving towards Chitral. A glacier separates Darkut from Boroghil Valley, of Chitral. The local people speak Burushaski (Yasini) and Wakhi languages. At a distance of two kilometer is a hot spring, gushing from the ground, in front of the wild beauty of the majestic glacier. I went to Darkut Valley in 2003. It was an amazing experience.

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Gulmit Village

Gulmit Village

Gulmit is the headquarters of the Gojal Tehsil, in the upper Hunza region of the Gilgit territory in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan. Gulmit is a centuries-old historic town, with mountains, peaks and glaciers. It is a tourist spot and has many hotels, shops and a museum. Its altitude is 2408 m (7900 ft) above the Arabian Sea level. Small hamlets consist of Kamaris, Odver, Dalgiram, Laksh, Kalha, Shawaran, Khor Lakhsh, Chamangul and Goze.

Gulmit is also a Turkish or Iranian word which means “the valley of flowers”.

Before 1974, when Hunza was a state, Gulmit used to be the Summer Capital of the state. After the abolition of the state it became the Tehsil’s seat of government. The oldest intact house in Gulmit is more than six centuries old. Most of People in the entire Gojal Valley have Central Asian ancestral backgrounds. The people speak Wakhi language and belong to the Shia Imami Ismaili sect of Islam. Population of Gulmit, according to 2003 census, consists of around 2500 individuals. Forty nine percent of the population comprises females

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Sust

Sost gilgit

Sust or Sost is a village in Gojal, Upper Hunza, Gilgit–Baltistan, Pakistan. It is the last town inside Pakistan on the Karakoram Highway before the Chinese border. The town is an important place on the highway for all passenger and cargo transport because all traffic crossing the Pakistan-China border passes through this town; the Pakistani immigrationand customs departments are based here. Pakistan and China have opened border for trade and tourism at Khunjerab.

The Silk Route Dry Port started its business operations at the port Sost (Upper Hunza) near Khunjarab pass Gilgit-Baltistan. Annual trade between China and Pakistan has increased from less than $2 billion in 2002 to $6.9 billion, with a goal of $15 billion by 2014. Sost dry port is the first formal port at the China-Pakistan border, facilitating customs clearance and other formalities for goods moving from the Chinese regions of Kasghar and Sinkyang to the commercial centers of Pakistan. The town is connected by the Karakoram Highway to Karimabad, Gilgit and Chilas on the south and the Chinese cities of Tashkurgan, Upal and Kashgar in the north.

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Ganish Village

Ganish Village

Ganish is a village in Pakistan, distinct for being the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza. Ganish Village is located 90 km and 2.5 hours traveling time from Gilgit. Ganish means gold in Brushaski.

The sub villages of Ganish include Garelth, Chaboikushal, Shukunoshal, Khaii, Buldas and Chillganish.

Chillganish is a sub village of Ganish.There are 25 families living.Chillganish is one of the most ancient villages of Ganish which has rich history. The residents of Chillganish belong to well-known tribe Chillganishkuz. Basically the word ‘chill’ means water and Ganiskuz means residents of Ganish.

Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.

The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400 year old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009.

Garelth is also a sub village of Ganish with a population of 135 families. FG Boys Middle School, Agha Khan Diamond School are the main educational institutions. Former Member District Council Gilgit Baltistan Jan Alam, Former Chairman Village Council Darvesh, and Muhammad Ali have been leading politically. Currently Ghulam Mustafa Barcha is Chairman of Garelth Hunza.

Subedar Major Fida Ali, one of the main leaders of independence movement of Gilgit Baltistan, belongs to this village. Fida Aliplayed a key role in the independence of Gilgit Baltistan. Major Ghulam Murtaza (Sitara-e-Jurat)a key person in the revolution of independence movement of Gilgit Baltistan also belongs to this village. His graveyard is located next to KKH at Garelth.

Ganish is a village in Pakistan, distinct for being the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza. It is located 90 km and 2.5 hours traveling time from Gilgit. Ganish means gold in Brushaski.

The sub villages of Ganish include Garelth, Chaboikushal, Shukunoshal, Khaii, Buldas and Chillganish.

Chillganish is a sub village of Ganish.There are 25 families living.Chillganish is one of the most ancient villages of Ganish which has rich history. The residents of Chillganish belong to well-known tribe Chillganishkuz. Basically the word ‘chill’ means water and Ganiskuz means residents of Ganish.

Ganish is the oldest and first settlement on the ancient Silk Road in Hunza, and is the site of various ancient watch towers, traditional mosques, religious centers, and a reservoir.

The Ali Gohar House in Ganish, is located next to one of the iconic shikaris (watchtowers) of the town. The 400 year old house was awarded the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation in 2009.

Garelth is also a sub village of Ganish with a population of 135 families. FG Boys Middle School, Agha Khan Diamond School are the main educational institutions. Former Member District Council Gilgit Baltistan Jan Alam, Former Chairman Village Council Darvesh, and Muhammad Ali have been leading politically. Currently Ghulam Mustafa Barcha is Chairman of Garelth Hunza.

Subedar Major Fida Ali, one of the main leaders of independence movement of Gilgit Baltistan, belongs to this village. Fida Aliplayed a key role in the independence of Gilgit Baltistan. Major Ghulam Murtaza (Sitara-e-Jurat)a key person in the revolution of independence movement of Gilgit Baltistan also belongs to this village. His graveyard is located next to KKH at Garelth.

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Duikar village

Duikar Hill

At about 2800m, Duikar village is said to be Hunza’s highest village. It’s about 11km and 25 minutes by jeep or a 2½-hour walk from Karimabad, past gravity-defying terraced fields. The rewards include immense valley views and a great hotel. From the strangely eroded hill behind Eagle’s Nest Hotel you can look down on the Hunza River, the twisting ribbon of the KKH and the Legoland of Altit village; or look across to Rakaposhi and Golden Peak (Diran Peak is hidden); and up to Bubulimating.

Sunrise and sunset are magnificent. There are even better views from Khosht, a promontory leaning out over Ultar Meadow and the glacier, and a five-hour round trip from Duikar.

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Shimshal Valley

Shimshal Valley

Shimshal is a village located in Gojal, Hunza–Nagar District, in the Gilgit–Baltistan region of Pakistan formerly known as Northern Areas of Pakistan. Shimshal village lies at an altitude of 3,100 m above sea level, and is the highest settlement in Hunza Valley of Pakistan. It is the bordering village that connects Gilgit-Baltistan province of Pakistan with China. The total area of Shimshal is 3,800 km2 and there are around two thousand inhabitants with a total of two hundred and forty households. Shimshal is made up of four major hamlets; Farmanabad, Aminabad, Center Shimshal and Khizarabad. Farmanabad is a new settlement that comes first on reaching Shimshal. Aminabad is announced by vast fields of stones hemmed in by dry stone walls, and fortress-like houses of stone and mud. As you approach Shimshal look for a glimpse of Odver Sar (6,303m) also known as Shimshal Whitehorn. Shimshal has hydroelectricity from Odver stream for five months (June–October) of the year (when the water isn’t frozen). Non availability of electricity for seven months is a big problem of the local community because during this period they have to rely on kerosene oil, firewood, solar plates and compressed natural gas in cylinders as an alternative .

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